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Event Free for Museum Members or with Paid Admission

LAS VEGAS (September 2014) – The life of racketeer and gambling pioneer Benny Binion takes the spotlight at The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement during an Author Talk and book signing Saturday, October 18. Doug J. Swanson, Texas-based journalist and novelist, will discuss his book Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Invented Vegas Poker. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with Swanson’s presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing at 7 p.m.

Award-winning journalist Doug Swanson’s Blood Aces tells the astonishing story of Benny Binion – a saga of murder, money and the making of Las Vegas. Binion was many things: a gangster, a killer, a cowboy, a pioneering casino owner and founder of the hugely successful World Series of Poker. However, in Las Vegas his name will always be linked to the Horseshoe Club, the iconic downtown gambling hall. Using once-secret government documents and dogged reporting, Swanson shows how Binion destroyed his rivals and outsmarted his adversaries – including J. Edgar Hoover.

Blood Aces is Swanson’s sixth book. His novel Big Town was an Edgar Award nominee and won the John Creasey Award from the British Crime Writers Association. Swanson is an investigative reporter for The Dallas Morning News, where he once served as the newspaper’s New York City bureau chief. Swanson covered the war in Iraq while embedded in an Army unit. He has been honored by the Texas Legislature for his stories that exposed the physical and sexual abuse of inmates in the Texas juvenile justice system. Swanson has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing and was twice named the top reporter in Texas. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and was a John S. Knight Fellow in Journalism at Stanford University.

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The Mob Museum is a world-class destination in downtown Las Vegas dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. It presents an exciting and authentic view of the Mob’s impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world. True stories of Mob history are brought to life in a bold and contemporary style via engaging exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and more than 600 artifacts, the largest collection of Mob and related law enforcement memorabilia under one roof. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “Las Vegas’ Best New Attractions for 2012” by Travel + Leisure magazine, “9 Reasons to Visit Las Vegas” by CNNgo, a finalist for the “Best Wider World Project Award,” by the British Guild of Travel Writers and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Admission is $19.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. Museum hours are Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit Connect on Facebook:   and on Twitter: @TheMobMuseum.